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William Fichtner is the man. He's been in Heat, Armageddon, Contact, Go, The Perfect Storm, Black Hawk Down, Elysium, The Dark Knight and so, so much more. His latest role is in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (available now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital HD), where he plays Eric Sacks, a maniacal businessman who sets the stage for Shredder and his Foot clan to take over the turtles' home town of New York City. That may seem like an odd role for Fichtner, a great character actor who tends to pop up more in adult fare than he does movies for kids, but that's partially what attracted him to it. Plus, as you'll see in our below interview, it's really not that uncommon for him to receive a last minute call to join a movie (or TV...
- Peter Hall
TV Picks: Syfy January sees the thrilling premiere of a new season of Helix – the sci-fi thriller that follows a group of scientists as they try to prevent a deadly disease from infecting earth.Helix is the product of some of the biggest names in genre television, starting with Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). Also Executive Producing are Lynda Obst (Contact) and Steven Maeda (Lost, CSI: Miami, The X-Files).Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible […] »
- April Neale
Moviegoers can watch a film about intergalactic exploration, full of journeys through wormholes, visits to otherwordly shores, and questions about man’s place in the universe and his relationship to God. It’s the story of an intrepid person of science driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and a resolute, deterministic belief that, as a species, we must push ever forward in order to understand ourselves, our world, and the infinite space that surrounds us. Concerned with courage and sacrifice, it’s rooted, emotionally, in the bond shared between a father and daughter, and the way that love speaks to issues of reason, faith, and progress. No, not Christopher Nolan’s heavily hyped latest. Rather, I’m referring to its undeniable spiritual predecessor: 1997’s Contact.Robert Zemeckis’s odyssey is the proto-Interstellar, a saga that shares with Nolan’s movie not only subject matter and countless plot details, »
- Nick Schager
The box office race is largely about managing expectations.
Distributor Paramount Pictures learned that the hard way by putting itself in the embarrassing position of having to revise its estimated $50 million opening weekend for “Interstellar” downward by nearly $3 million when the film actually debuted at $47.5 million.
Final box office results often come in lower or higher than estimates, but being off by several million is a much wider gap than usual and most rival studios had “Interstellar” bowing at closer to $47 million than the $50 million Paramount claimed it would do. The discrepancy may have inspired some of the more negative headlines.
It should be noted, however, “Interstellar” actually did better overseas and on a global basis than initially reported. The picture soared to $82.9 million internationally, »
- Brent Lang
Matthew McConaughey has boldly gone where he has been before: a dramatic space movie. In Christopher Nolan's new film Interstellar, McConaughey plays a slightly futuristic pilot, who will hopefully save humanity. In Contact, McConaughey is a Christian philosopher. All right, all right, all right, you might be thinking, "How dare you guys compare a Nolan film to a Robert Zemeckis movie," but there are plenty of comparisons besides McConaughey (one pre-McConaissance, one post-McConaissance). The films are about space exploration, the possibility of humans not being alone in the universe, and at the core of both films is a father-daughter relationship. Since there seems to be a lack of think pieces celebrating the 17th anniversary...
- Jeff Bayer
On one hand Interstellar is a post-apocalyptic film, as the landscape of a near futuristic Earth is brushed out onto a dry, barren canvas. Science and the unappreciated efforts of Nasa are seen as insignificant wastes of resources, newly marketed as a scam to the public. The state of the planet is at a critical level. Dust storms regularly fan across the globe, showering the land in dirt. Ecosystems have been ravaged and it appears as if humans are the only creatures left on Earth. Agriculture is the last asset and culture in the world, and one-by-one, crops are failing to grow due to blight. It is yet another bleak vision into the future if we stay the course. Interstellar is so much more though, because it is about space exploration, human nature, a healthy debate over proven science vs. other concepts like love, faith, and trust, as well as »
- Ernie Estrella
Horns is in theaters and On-Demand just in time to quench your fantasy withdrawal now that Halloween has come and gone. Last week, Wamg sat down with star Daniel Radcliffe in a small press conference to talk about his role of Ig in the film, Sharknado 2 : The Second One (because, why not?), and his sweet flow on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon.’ Check it out below.
Based on the novel by Joe Hill, Horns is a supernatural thriller driven by fantasy, mystery and romance. The film follows Ig Perrish (Daniel Radcliffe, “Harry Potter” films), the number one suspect for the violent rape and murder of his girlfriend, Merrin (Juno Temple). Hungover from a night of hard drinking, Ig awakens one morning to find horns starting to grow from his own head and soon realizes their power drives people to confess their sins and give in to their »
- Melissa Howland
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the most unusual A-listers that Hollywood has to offer. It’s none other than Matthew McConaughey, a unique star in the business. Up until recently known as a talented but easygoing movie star, he’s since undergone a career transformation that’s not just made him one of the most sought after actors around, but one of the most acclaimed as well. Last year alone, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a very strong year. He’s entered the second phase of his career and could reach the stratosphere before long. McConaughey got his start by stealing his scenes in Dazed and Confused. In fact, that first theatrical role gave him some instantly quotable dialogue and really established him as an interesting new actor on the scene. His next group of roles, »
- Joey Magidson
Christopher Nolan's first film following the conclusion of his gargantuan "Batman" success is the space epic "Interstellar." A film that aims to be both profound and entertaining, it's a visually beautiful film that stumbles with its story, mixing melodrama with philosophy and physics in a heady brew that leaves a slightly bitter taste in your mouth.
I saw the trailer. This looks weird.
Well, it is weird to a certain extent. The film blends loads of traditional storylines -- an ecological apocalypse, the derring-do of a team of space-faring heroes, a precocious child that happens to be a genius, and so on.
The weird part comes when all of these disparate pieces are slammed together. Instead of coalescing into a tonally rich whole, they feel like disparate fragments, never coalescing into a singularity but instead floating about in a haphazard orbit.
Where does the idea come from?
Instead of our run-of-the-mill comic book movies, »
- Jason Gorber
The reason that DC movies don't have the post-credits sting of Marvel films? Because Christopher Nolan said no...
Update: Christopher Nolan has clarified to Buzzfeed that this was a misquote. "I would never say someone else’s film isn’t ‘a real film'", he's clarified. Our original story follows...
Christopher Nolan's latest film, Interstellar, arrives in cinemas this weekend, off the back of a bunch of reviews that suggest it's either an interesting mild failure or a flat out masterpiece. As we suggested in our own review here, time may well view it as the latter, but it's certainly a movie with issues to it.
There's an excellent, long piece about Nolan over at The Guardian, looking at why Warner Bros was willing to sacrifice two of its movie franchises - South Park and Friday The 13th - in order to be a part of the film.
In the »
Interstellar has a gravity problem, a number of them, in fact. There’s a mathematical gravity problem that much of the film’s plot hinges on, wherein humanity’s efforts to escape a dying Earth are stymied by the calculus required to transplant our species to a new, habitable planet. There’s also the capitalized, italicized Gravity problem: Interstellar is releasing barely a year after Alfonso Cuarón went to orbit and back, relieving audiences of hundreds of millions of dollars, and no doubt a few lunches. As far as acts go, that’s a hard one to follow.
But when you’re Christopher Nolan, the most esteemed showman-as-storyteller of his generation, the task of providing adult sci-fi fans a worthy follow-up routine is more challenge than cross to bear. Nolan’s established a critically and commercially successful filmography on his ability to subvert physics; he made Batman soar back into »
- Sam Woolf
For an actor who didn't get the respect he deserved until almost 20 years into his now legendary career, Matthew McConaughey has certainly been lucky enough to work with some amazing filmmakers. Last year's Best Actor Oscar winner has honed his craft under the eyes of Steven Spielberg ("Amistad"), Steven Soderbergh ("Magic Mike"), Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Ron Howard ("Edtv"), John Sayles ("Lone Star"), Robert Zemeckis ("Contact"), William Friedkin ("Killer Joe") and his longtime friend Richard Linklater, who gave him his big break in "Dazed and Confused." Surprisingly, McConaughey more or less tells HitFix they all come up short compared to his helmer for the expected blockbuster "Interstellar," Christopher Nolan. "I've never worked with a better leader," McConaughey says. "I cannot say I've ever worked with a better problem solver, and half the problems he just solves by pure will. Everything must keep moving forward. Keep moving forward. »
- Gregory Ellwood
By Anjelica Oswald
Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar is hoping to join Guardians of the Galaxy, another space-related film, at the top of the box office after it opens Nov. 5 and could garner a best picture Oscar nomination. In the trailer, Matthew McConaughey‘s character says, “We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars; now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt,” so one wonders how often the Academy looks skyward for best picture nominees and if voting members have set a precedent for space films to do well at the Oscars. Though many of the voting members came of age when President John F. Kennedy said we were going to put the first man on the moon, only six space-related films have been nominated for best picture: Gravity (2013), District 9 (2009), Avatar (2009), Apollo 13 (1995), The Right Stuff »
- Anjelica Oswald
In co-writer and director Christopher Nolan’s vision of the future, it’s not the death of our planet’s vegetation that poses the greatest threat to humanity, but a lack of ambition. As crops fail and the Earth shrivels into a dust bowl, its inhabitants have stopped looking up at the stars with hope, and instead face their fate with a gloomy resignation. “We don’t need engineers,” a teacher tells Matthew McConaughey’s Cooper, a test pilot turned farmer, “we ran out of food.”
Nolan’s latest magnum opus, arguably his riskiest so far, is a grand meditation on exploration, loneliness, love and self-sacrifice. In the tradition of such weighty genre classics as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Solaris, this feels like the director’s own attempt to make what Arthur »
Matthew McConaughey stars in the movie alongside Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy, which is based on scientific theories from physicist Kip Thorne and a screenplay penned by Christopher and his brother Jonathan.
Digital Spy rounds up the critical reactions to the highly-anticipated film from across the media.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
"After a muted initial hour, Interstellar delivers visually spectacular and exhilarating action once it gets out into deep space, with Hans Zimmer's organ-heavy score soaring alongside other moments of perfect silence. Nolan has described the film as a mirror image of Inception, and the comparison certainly comes to mind during a climactic set piece on a snowy planet, the emotional stakes heightened here by a small-but-pivotal turn from Matt Damon.
"Interstellar is a spine-tingling blend of brains and heart, »
The stars aligned for the Hollywood premiere of “Interstellar” at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 26. Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and others joined Christopher Nolan to unveil Paramount’s highly anticipated (and closely guarded) sci-fi film, opening Nov. 5 in select theaters and nationwide on November 7.
Famously press-shy, director/producer/co-writer Nolan took photos and gave a few quotes on the red carpet before ducking into the theater with his wife Emma Thomas, also a producer on the film, letting his cast and collaborators do most of the talking.
Hathaway said people should expect to “have their minds bent and their hearts opened.”
In the film, Hathaway joins Matthew McConaughey’s character, Cooper, on an unprecedented mission with the bravest men and women alive in the hopes of saving humanity after Earth has become uninhabitable. But in order to do so, they must leave their families behind, unsure »
- Angie Romero
Christopher Nolan's highly anticipated sci-fi film Interstellar was recently screened for members of the press, and the reviews are mostly positive. Many of the reviews praise the incredible looking visuals of the film and technical direction, but it seems like the emotional core of the story didn't hit with everyone. I try to stay away from reviews for movies like this until after I see it, but I couldn't help myself this time around. I had to read them! The movie is set to be released in theaters a week from tomorrow, and I already have my tickets to watch it in 70mm IMAX.
I included several excerpts from certain interviews below for you to read. You can click on the links to read the full interviews for each one. Look them over if you want and let us know if they sway your excitement for the movie in any way. »
- Joey Paur
The Wrap: "Launches Perfectly, Crumbles Upon Landing" "The universe-spanning saga — starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain — is challenging, provocative, and gorgeous. Until it isn't. To paraphrase Christopher Nolan‘s “The Dark Knight,” we don't get the prestige filmmakers we need, we get the ones we deserve. And one of the ones we seemingly deserve is Nolan himself, a filmmaker with a keen visual sense but also one who undercuts the big, challenging ideas of his movies with unnecessarily tidy resolutions." - Alonso Duralde The Playlist: "Winds up fitting into a fairly narrow and deeply tired sub-genre" "After all the jaw-dropping cinematography and carefully-buffed CGI, in fact, "Interstellar" winds up fitting into a fairly narrow and deeply tired sub-genre alongside films like "Frequency," "Contact," and even "Field of Dreams": Dad Issues from Dimension X. It's impossible to not admire the technical achievements of "Interstellar," but as Michael Bay »
The single greatest moment in human history, that particular kernel of time in which all of our best nature triumphed over all of our worst, was when we first set foot on the moon. The idea that we started as basic tool users at some point in our past, looked up into the sky, pointed at that thing overhead and said, "We are going there," is completely insane, and yet, we did that. One of the primary themes of Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated new film "Interstellar" is that we are in danger as a species when we lose our drive to explore. The film is set in a future where we have had to give our full attention to survival, when the idea of space travel is off the table completely. And while that seems extreme, considering the way the world felt when I was a kid living two hours »
- Drew McWeeny
Snowpiercer will be available on Blu-ray and DVD October 21, 2014. Visionary director Bong Joon Ho’s “enormously ambitious and visually stunning,” (Scott Foundas, Variety) film has been widely praised as “a superb masterpiece of science fiction” (MTV).
Wamg is giving away prizepacks to celebrate the film’s Blu-ray/DVD release.
Two (2) of our lucky readers will win –
Copy of the graphic novel that inspired the film Snowpiercer buttons and stickers Copy of the DVD
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